Mohammad Saif, arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police, has told police the plans to carry out several blasts across the country were mooted about three years ago — when the Indian Mujahideen (IM) was formed.
Though the blasts spanned over a period of 10 months — the first blasts took place in August 2007 in Hyderabad — the planning was made far back in 2005. After that series of explosions rocked Uttar Pradesh, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Delhi.
Saif, who was arrested from a Jamia Nagar flat on Friday morning, is said to be one of the key associates of Atif alias Bashir, the founder of the Indian Mujahideen.
Saif, son of a local politician in Uttar Pradesh, joined Atif two years ago. Both Saif and Atif studied in the same school, Jyoti Public School at Sarai Meer in Azamgarh. “It was Saif who went to Karnataka and procured the explosive materials. He came back to Delhi in the last week of August, two days before the holy month of Ramadan started,” said a senior police officer.
Saif told police Atif motivated him by showing CD’s of Al Qaeda and brainwashed him to join the Indian Mujahideen and wage a war against the country. “Saif had procured the explosives from Karnataka for the serial blasts in Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Delhi. We are looking for his involvement in Surat where none of the bombs exploded,” said the officer.
Saif told police Atif always maintained a secrecy around his operations and never disclosed anything to the other members of the terror module.
“The bombs in Ahmedabad and Surat were to go off simultaneously. Atif was disturbed when the bombs did not explode in the diamond city of Surat. He made a foolproof plan to attack Delhi only after that,” said the officer.
Saif said Atif was the “tough man” who spoke little. Atif gave strict instructions to members of the terror module not to carry mobile phones at the time of planting bombs.
Zeeshan Jawed: Zeeshan, who was arrested from Jhandewalan area, is pursuing a management course and also works for a private firm, Monarch International on Vikas Marg. He told police Atif “forced” him to join the terror group. “I never wanted to join the IM, but he took me to the blast sites at Ahmedabad and when we came back he forced me to wage a war against the country,” Zeeshan told police.